- Vladimir Nabokov’s map of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus’s routes around Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
- Jack Kerouac. “The Ten-Year Spiritual (or Psychological?) Circle of ‘An American Passed Here.’” Manuscript notes for the novel that would become The Town and the City, ca. 1945
- Joseph Heller’s charted outline of Catch 22.
- J.K. Rowling’s plot chart for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
These great books all started off life as notes on scraps of paper. You will need to find what works for you.
In summary, you need to lead your reader into the story through their adventures and towards an end. To do this you need to plan (unless you are writing a stream of consciousness). My tips are:
- Write a plan.
- Follow the plan.
- You can deviate from the plan as long as you come back to it.
- Write about what you know. If you don’t know, learn!